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Dr. Fangni Zhang:Unlockthe sharing economy in the parking sector for recurrent commuting trips

Publish Date: 2018/10/17 09:50:33    Hits:

On the afternoon of October 15,Dr.Fangni Zhang of University of New South Waleswasinvited to givealecturetitled “Unlock thesharing economy in the parking sector for recurrent commuting trips” in Room A716,the new main building.The lecturewas hosted by Associate professor Tianliang Liu. More than 30 audiences attended, includingprofessors, graduate and undergraduate students from Beihang university,Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Beijing Information Science andTechnology University and Beijing University of Technology.

Dr. Zhang shared the latest research on urbanparking sharing and conducted an in-depth analysis from the perspective of private parking space owners, parking users and operator platforms. The study suggests that private parking owners can share their vacant space with parkingusers via an electronic platform and check pricing strategies for plat formoperators to maximize revenue and minimize social costs. For supply side,private parking owners can rent or sell their space usage rights based on therent they can get and the inconvenience they share. For demand side, the traveler can select the type of parking space (roadside or shared type) andlocation (distance from the city centre) under the given parking capacity andparking price. Based on the balance of supply and demand, the algorithm solvesthe optimal pricing strategy of the operating platform (payment of the rent tothe private parking space owner and charge of the the parking user).Besides, Dr. Zhang discussed the model by analyzing numerical examples.

After the lecture,Dr. Zhang conducted further discussions with the audience. The lecture has been widely welcomed by theaudience.

Dr. Fangni Zhang is a Lecturer(Assistant Professor) at the School of Aviation at University of New SouthWales (UNSW) Sydney. Prior to joining UNSW, she held Lecturer position at the Institute for Transport Studies at University of Leeds in 2017-2018 and workedas a Research Associate at the Centre for Transport Studies at Imperial Colleg eLondon in 2016-2017. Dr. Zhang received her PhD degree in Transportation fromHong Kong University of Science and Technology and her Bachelor’s degree in IndustrialEngineering from Beihang University, Beijing, China. Dr. Zhang is keen to extend the application of her knowledge and expertise beyond the aviation industry and to include other modes of transportation, such as railway, road,and other mobility services. Her current research covers a wide range offundamental or emerging issues in transport, including infrastructure planningand operations, large-scale multimodal system monitoring and optimization,shared transport management, and automated transport planning and operations.Her research draws tools from different disciplines such as network modeling,economic theory, traffic flow theory, operations research, and data science totransport research and has been published in a number of world-leading journals in the field (e.g., Transportation Research Part A/B/C/E).